Factory and Obsidian present ANGÉLIQUE, April 3-21, 2019

For Immediate Release: March 12, 2019 • Please include in your listings/announcements

Factory and Obsidian Theatre
Present the Toronto Premiere of

A Black Theatre Workshop and
Tableau D’Hôte Theatre Co-Production

Written by Lorena Gale | Directed by Mike Payette
April 3 – 21, 2019

Factory and Obsidian Theatre are excited to announce the Toronto premiere of ANGÉLIQUE by award-winning Canadian playwright Lorena Gale, directed by Mike Payette with a thrilling live score performed by SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble, at Factory April 3-21, 2019.

In 1734, Marie Joseph Angélique, an enslaved Black woman known for her outspoken disdain towards servitude and her masters, set fire to Montréal, completely destroying a hospital and dozens of houses including her owner’s residence…or so the story goes. Despite there being very little evidence against her, Angélique was convicted, tortured and publically hanged for her “actions”.

Informed by historical transcripts from the infamous trial and set against the backdrop of Nouvelle-France, Lorena Gale’s award-winning musical play investigates Angélique’s life in the years leading up to the fire, seamlessly weaving between Canada’s oft-denied history of slavery to the timelessness of systemic racism in contemporary culture.

Born in Montreal, Lorena Gale was an award-winning actress, director and writer who worked extensively across Canada. In 1998, ANGÉLIQUE, which was her first play, won the du Maurier National Playwriting Competition and was nominated for Outstanding New Play at Calgary’s Betty Mitchell Awards. In 1999, it was published by Playwrights Canada Press and received an off-Broadway production. Lorena Gale passed away in 2009.

Director Mike Payette (The Tashme Project: The Living Archives) is a Montréal-based actor and director, he is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, former Assistant Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop, and current Artistic Director of Geordie Theatre.

The cast, arriving in Toronto following an engagement at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, features Jenny Brizard as Angélique, Chip Chuipka as Ignace, Karl Graboshas as François, Olivier Lamarche as Claude, Omari Newton as César, PJ Prudat as Manon, France Rolland as Thérèse, accompanied on stage by the SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble.

ANGÉLIQUE runs April 3 – 21, 2019 with opening night on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8pm.

Written by Lorena Gale
Directed by Mike Payette
Original Music Composed and Performed by SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble
Choreography by Ghislaine Doté
Set and Costume Design by Eo Sharp
Lighting Design by David Perreault Ninacs
Starring Jenny Brizard as Angélique, Chip Chuipka, Karl Graboshas,
Olivier Lamarche, Omari Newton, PJ Prudat, France Rolland

Factory and Obsidian Theatre present the Toronto Premiere
of a Black Theatre Workshop and Tableau D’Hôte Theatre co-production

Factory Mainspace
125 Bathurst Street at Adelaide, Toronto
April 3 – 21, 2019
Opening Night: Thursday, April 4, 2019 @ 8pm
Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm | Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm
Ticket prices range from $40-$50 for regular performances
Student and Senior prices also available
For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.factorytheatre.ca,
phone 416.504.9971, or in person at the box office 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide)

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Media Contact:
FLIP PUBLICITY, 416.533.7710, Carrie Sager, carrie@flip-publicity.com

Founded in 1970, Factory was the first theatre company in the nation to devote itself to producing 100% Canadian content. 49 seasons later, Factory continues to lead in the development and sharing of Canadian stories having produced more than 300 productions from a diverse source of Canadian playwrights and launching the careers of countless theatre professionals.

Factory would like to thank the government funding bodies, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and The Government of Canada, our Season Sponsor BMO, CrossCurrents Canada Sponsor TD, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, as well as our generous donors who make developing, producing, and presenting Canadian theatre possible.

Founded in 2000, Obsidian Theatre is Canada’s leading culturally specific theatre company. Our threefold mission is to produce plays, to develop playwrights and to train emerging theatre professionals. Obsidian is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development, and production of the Black voice.  

Obsidian Theatre would like to thank the government funding bodies, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, our Season Sponsor TD, as well as our generous donors who make developing, producing, and presenting the voice of Black theatre artists from around the world possible.

Factory would like to acknowledge with gratitude all the storytellers, stewards, and caretakers – recorded and unrecorded – that continue to host Factory on their land. We would like to thank the Haudenosaunee, Wendat, Mississaugas of New Credit and other Anishnaabe Nations who have allowed us to create plays that have moved and transformed our audiences in Toronto for almost 50 years.

photo of Jenny Brizard

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